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hopes for a ceasefire in gaza - israel's cabinet agrees to an egyptian peace proposal. hello, i'm jane dutton with the world news from al jazeera. also on the programme - the libyan government says most of the planes at tripoli's airport, 90%, have been destroyed by fighting with rival militias. half a million people have fled into russia from ukraine since fighting began this year.
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>> and i'm rob reynolds and the laters attempts to deal with the child migrants crossing into the u.s. from central america. within the last hour the israeli cabinet agreed to an egyptian ceasefire proposal to try to end the conflict in gaza. hamas is yet to respond, previously saying it would go along with the initiative as long as its conditions were met, calling on israel and factions to enforce a ceasefire, followed by an easing of tensions in gaza. dominic kane has more on the latest diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting. >> reporter: for more than a week the israeli government has been attacking targets in gaza, with a goal of stopping salvos of rockets being fired into israel by hamas and islamic
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jihad. the cabinet has approved and implemented a ceasefire. it was proposed by the egyptian government. its foreign minister outlined the proposal at the arab league in cairo. >> translation: the egyptian initiative concentrated on stopping hostile acts, opening israeli passage way and discussing topics. . >> reporter: as of tuesday 182 palestinians have been killed. the armed winning of hamas related a caes fires, but like islamic jihad the political wing had been more open to one. >> translation: the ceasefire is not the problem, as we wish to see an end to this war against our people. the true problem is the reality living in gaza. the policy imposed by the israeli occupation. we welcome egypt's efforts to end the israeli aggression
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and defend the palestinian people. the proposal cannot be ignored. the issue of ceasefire can be discussed. what is needed is to agree with the demands of the palestinian people. chiefly ending the siege, then a ceasefire can be agreed pop. then history will repeat itself. >> the last episode of conflict was in 2012, when the egyptian government brokered a ceasefire to end the pillar of defense. whether this will be acceptable to hamas, remains to be seen. we are looking at live pictures of gaza, where although they have been - there have been israeli air strikes, there appears to have been fewer. let's go to our correspondents monitoring from both sides.
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first to jerusalem, where the israeli cabinet has been meeting. how easy or difficult was is, bernard smith? >> we know the two members of the cabinet, jane, voted against the egyptian proposal. the economist minister were against this. it is going to be a tough seldomisticly, politically for prime minister binyamin netanyahu. most israelis have been in favour of the campaign against hamas and other palestinian factions in gaza. most israelis want the rockets to stop. there has been plenty of criticism in the last hour since the cabinet announced they'd go ahead with the ceasefire, plenty of criticism for binyamin netanyahu for accepting it. most want to see the israeli rockets stop. there's not genuine concern for
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the number of casualties in gaza. a lot of israelis will see the casualties as the people in gaza, palestinians in gaza bringing the mysteries on themselves. however -- miss ris on themselves. however, plenty of international pressure to stop that. 80% of those killed in gaza have been civilians, that's why the international pressure mounted. and could they achieve militarily without a ground invasion, if there were to be a ground invasion, there would be a greater increase in the risk of civilian casualties in gaza, as well as the risk of israeli military casualties. let's go to john hendren. we are waiting on hamas - what is the problem... >> we are waiting for a clear and definitive statement from hamas. we don't have that so far. we have a statement from the
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military arm of hamas, which is not the official spokesman, and they, of course, reject this agreement. they say they want the preconditions met. prisoners arrested before and released in a 2012 agreement. they want them released and the siege on gaza, that is isolated. they want the borders open and the sea lanes expanded. that is the official passion of hamas. i spoke to a spokesperson. but we know that in the negotiations people's positions move. what we are getting from hamas is a number of fuzzy statements in the past 24 hours, but not a direct response to the agreement. what it will be, we don't know. obviously there is dissent, as there is in the israeli
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government. as hamas formulates a response to this agreement, we are seeing that the ceasefire is not over. there's 25 air streaks, five rocket attacks. and we have heard air strikes in gaza city, and naval bombardment. the one thing that this might do for the same being is put off talk of a ground invasion until it's clear what is happening. seems that that is an unlikely move by the israelis while the ceasefire talks are ongoing. >> waiting on hamas. thank you for that. >> the libyan government says 90% of the planes at tripoli's international airport have been destroyed. the airport's control tower was destroyed. seven people were killed as armed groups battle for control. >> smouldering remains is all
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that is left of most of the planes at tripoli's international airport. those intact have bullet holes in them. the powerful militias have been battling to take control of the airport. all air traffic is suspended - at least for the next three days. >> translation: the damage done at the airport by the attackers was mostly done to public property belonging to the libyan people. there was serious damage to some of the planes owned by the people. >> the government is calling for a ceasefire and tromizes to -- promises to come down hard. we'll try any commander who orders an attack. >> reporter: the weak central government failed to arm in the groups that helped to overthrow the muammar gaddafi regime material three years ago. for days the clashes continued. heavily armed militia men controlled the streets, rival
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groups controlled their own territory. fighters faced other hard line fighters, calling themselves libyan revolutionaries. >> translation: we condemn this attack. we tried with necessary means to stop this, and agreed with all sides not it fight. we hold them responsible for this attack and the bloodshed. >> reporter: the situation is so bad the united nations pulled staff, citing security concerns. after the fighting and the closure of tripoli international airport it would not be possible to continue the work, and ensure security and safety of its staff. there has been efforts to try to bridge the bitter divisions in libya. diplomats gathered to call for a national dialogue. >> translation: the first committee concerned security - to put in place a system to protect the borders and combat
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terrorism, organised crime and arms trafficking. the second is to create a political committee to reach consensus and a political solution. >> reporter: under the circumstances, the talks, like the bags at the battered international airport, are going nowhere any time soon. russia says half a million people have fled across the border from ukraine since fighting began this year. 30,000 of the migration service applied for asylum. rory challands has been to a region where many refugees have ended up. [ singing ] >> reporter: humanitarian crises and cellageon have -- religion have themes, suffering and salvation. in this refugee camp russia is showing that it can look after its displaced neighbours, body
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and soul. a fresh bus load is told how the camp works. the day's arrival steps down to a new refugee reality. >> translation: we thought they'd shoot for a while it it would calm done. it got heavier. we spent several days in the basement. called a car, packed and left. >> translation: here they welcome us and feed us. i'll go to my relatives next. we'll see what's. >> reporter: al jazeera was invited to the camp which the russian foreign military. when a humanitarian cause is shown off, it's difficult to know what to make of it. clearly there's a pr benefit for the russian government. it doesn't detract from the inhabitants of the camp who have had their lives upended. 490,000 have had their lives
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upended. most are staying with friends tore relatives. rovt of is predicting disaster if they don't go home soon. i asked if he sought the united nations help. >> the u.n. shouldn't be problemed, only if it needs to look. already thousands died, tens of thousands in a difficult situation. it's a humanitarian catastrophe. >> the foreign minister in exile of the donetsk people's republic. she organises a flow of food, clothes and medicine to the camps and across the border to pro-russian fighters in ukraine. >> translation: we tried to do it as safely as possible. on this side, it gets through, on the other side the fighters show path and checkpoints, but often they are shot at.
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>> reporter: the border lands are unsafe. russia said shells coming over killed a russian, and the crossing was mortared. it was deserted when we visited, save for a few soldiers and the journalists bussed in to see it. just ahead on al jazeera - the u.n. security council agrees to open up four border crossings into syria. i'm in little bay island in eastern canada. this former fishing community is dying. the government is offering people money to leave. i'll find out why some don't want to go.
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>> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people... >> governments around the world all united to condemn this... >> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile situation... >> the government is prepared to carry out mass array...
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the top stories on al jazeera - israel's cabinet agreed to a proposed ceasefire in gaza. the egyptian sponsored truce called for a deescalation of troops on both sides. 90% of plans at tripoli's airport has been destroyed in fighting between rival militias. the airport's control tower was also destroyed. >> russia said half a million have fed across the boarder from ukraine since fighting began. 30,000 applied for asylum. let's get more on the accuracy fire in gaza. james bays joins us from vienna, where world powers have been talking about iran, regardingize
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nuclear programme and gaza. what has been said about the proposed ceasefire? >> we have been getting quite a bit of information with what is going on, mainly from the u.s., because secretary of state john kerry has been here, as you say, potentially leading the negotiations with iran on iran's nuclear programme, but spending a great deal of time also on the situation in gaza. i think it's important to point out this is mainly an egyptian-backed caes fear, that john kerry -- ceasefire, that john kerry is not the main player. but he has been involved quite intimately. when you listen to those who ha has been speaking to, you get the idea of how complicated the deal is, and who has been involved. john kerry has spoken to mahmoud abbas, jordanian and turkish
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foreign ministers and others. the quartet special envoy tony blair has been involved, and the pieces have been brought together to try to get this ceasefire working. there was attempts to plan for john kerry to go and try to make the ceasefire work himself, and join the negotiations. i think they are not going to pursue that. there was a plan earlier for him to travel to cairo and doha in qatari. the basis of the egyptian plan is the plan of 2012. a lot has changed exhibits 2012, make -- since 2012, making it harder. egypt had mohamed mursi in power, the muslim brotherhood. hamas saw him as their brother, and he had a lot of leverage. he is in gaol, and abdul fatah al-sisi is someone that hamas does not look favourably on. on the other side, of course,
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there's more palestinian unity this time around. the beginning of unity government. in new york the palestinian government said they felt they could stop the rockets. the test is now. >> thank you, let's look at live pictures of gaza. there has been israeli air strikes, there prosecutors to have been fewer, and nothing since. >> according to the israeli army, no rockets were launched at israel, and the israelis didn't carry out strikes against gaza. the security council voted to allow aid into syria, by opening up the border crossing. nearly 11 million people in the country are in need of help. >> will those in favour of the
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draft resolution please race their hand. >> reporter: a rare moment of union imenty on the security council, with the worsening humanitarian counselling the council organised aid shipments, one with jordan, controlled by the free syrian army and al nusra, one controlled by the turk irk government and the islamic front, and a crossing into iraq, controlled by kurdish groups. the resolution was authored by australia, jordan and luxembourg. >> the council has been united in this unanimous decision because all of us recognise that every month, every day the situation on the ground in syria gets worse. 6,000, 7,000 new refugees every
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day. one syrian family is displaced every minute. >> the vote came amid reports from activists that the islamic state group or is seized control of opposition areas. the amateur video appears to show the aftermath of the fighters. syria disclosed the resolution. >> translation: the phenomenon of refugees and displacement is due to the same reason. namely externally sponsored terrorism. >> the numbers in need of aid have been growing. despite a demand from the council that the government provide better access. >> we have a range of administrative procedures that we have to go through, agreement as to when we can move. where we can go, how long to takes in terms of ensuring they know where we are going, it can take a huge amount of time, and time it running out for many
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syrians. >> the resolution doesn't mean anything if it's not implemented on the ground. the united nations promised to begin its work, and the council threatened syria that it could take further measures if the government doesn't comply. >> a boat of suspected illegal workers thought to be from indonesia sunk off the southern coast of malaysia. after colliding with a malaysian coast guard boat. two were on the boat. 17 were missing. >> one of the bysest maritime -- biggest maritime salvage companies. the wreck of "costa concordia" is being reflowed. 32 were killed two years ago when it capsized. >> reporter: two metres may not seem like much when you are looki
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looking at a ship 300m in length. for the engineers working, two metres is a bigger success. >> translation: everything we had planned has gone the right way. today we started unloading the wreck progressively, and half an hour ago the ship detached from the platform. it's floating, thanks to inflatables, and there are tugboats pulling the ship towards the sea. >> reporter: for 2.5 years this shipwreck has been a reminder of a day in 2012 when 32 were died. it was hauled on to a platform to sit upright. it accused the weight of water attached to one side of the hull. engineers are pumping air into the same metal boxes, placed around the home. this makes the ship float to the surface, like swimmer's armbands. it cost the ship's owner almost
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$1 billion. the captain remains on trial for mann slaughter. >> with the wreck needing to be toed and demolished, the end cost expected to be over $2 billion, making it the longest maritime salvage in history. for the families killed, the cost is too human. if most children from central america pull into the united states. legal rights advocates are suing the obama administration administration. they say counsel should be provided to each child as they are not equipped. >> reporter: migrants from central america arrived at st. joseph's church in california. they are cooperating with the u.s. border patrol and other agencies to provide temporary
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refuge. >> we want to let them know that there are people in the united states that love and support them. they are prayer for them and support them. >> local residents brought clothing for the children. >> we are here. we are okay. >> the scene was in sharp contrast to these angry anti-migrant demonstrations in murrieta california earlier this month. protesters turned away buses full of child migrants, headed for shelter. >> a prominent legal rights organization sued the obama administration, demanding it provide lawyers to help children understand the complex legal immigration system. this man is with the american civil liberties union. >> there's no way is 10 or 14 or 16 or 17-year-old child can grasp the complexity of the immigration law. the government pays for an attorney to prosecute every child going through immigration
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the the question is do we want them to present it by themselves, is it fair to have a lawyer make the case? >> the mass most of central american children is a challenge to the obama administration policies on human rights and the treatment of refugees. >> just as the obama administration calls on syrians to take in refugees for others to take in afghanistan gan or refugees from africa, and now we are being asked to do the same for what is undoubtedly, in part, a massive refugee crisis in central america. and the history will judge whether, you know, we were hypocrites or true to the basic principles and values of our country when it comes to people flees violence and persecution. 50,000 migrants with women and children have fled. some say there'll be 90,000
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by years end. in the canadian province of newfoundland fishing supported communities, the declining fish stock is sending the communities into decline. they have been offered money to settle elsewhere. some are resisting. >> reporter: a thriving port on one of the finest harbours on northern newfoundland. this was 75 years ago. here it is today. few boats, businesses shut. most retired or elderly. the town is dying. the man leading the push for government-funded settlement says there's no going back. >> fish plants closing. five or six stores, 150 people, kids in school, but now there's two people in school.
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that's it. you never sow no one. everyone is that age. no one goes out at night-time. there's nowhere to go. >> people tell me we are nuts. i don't feel that way. everyone is entitled to their own opinion. >> 90% of residents voted to resettle. not perry lock. he and his wife have two of the few full-time jobs. their young son thrives as a student in school. awaiting a government decision he dreads, lock is at odds with his neighbours. >> it's like the mentality is there to let everything go, go, go until it collapses. everybody is figuring leave it alone, let it collapse emanuel it up and leave. >> in newfoundland villages like this is called an outpoor, remote but close-knit. once upon a time viable and vib
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rant places to raise a family. >> 30 thous have been paid by the government -- 30,000 have been paid by the government to leave. officials say it's cheaper to more efficient to fund resettlement than deliver services to a dying community. not everyone agrees. >> there are things we can do. most feel like me, terrible to contemplate a newfoundland with outports shutting down. >> this was one of the first places where people lackeded in north america, a unique fishery was founded the the edge of the north atlantic. many are leaving as fish stocks decline, and the world around them changes much a popular mode of transit for short trips, an indian
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engineer is planning to drive this tuktuk 10,000km from india to london, to promote environmentally friendly travel. it will be a long trip. thank you for watching. headlines coming up. in the meantime you can get on to the website >> shattered lives and an economic crisis. that's what the attorney general said that citigroup contributed to. it's the "inside story." >> hello, i'm libby casey.